Blog & News

University of Wollongong talk on Surfing and the Surfboard Industry

Posted in: Blog & News by Richard Harvey on March 15, 2015 | No Comments

Recently received an invitation to an upcoming event down in Wollongong. The University of Wollongong are running a public lecture series at the Illawarra Brewery. Chris Gibson and Andrew Warren are opening the series on Wednesday 25 March @ 5:30pm with a talk on surfing and the surfboard industry. It’s a FREE event so if you are down that way please come along.

Paulownia Timber for Alaia and wooden surfboards

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Plenty of Paulownia timber now in stock.

Lengths up to 3 meters, widths¬† 3″ x 1″ $3.00 per foot

4′ x 2″ $8.00 per foot

Knot free, fully cured.

Various length and widths

Workshops boards

Posted in: Blog & News, Workshops by Richard Harvey on June 24, 2012 | No Comments

There have been a few different boards go through the workshops recently.

Here are some pics of the e results.

Working with Timber

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There is something special about working with timber, those nice fine curling shavings that peel out of the planer  and how the grain is revealed as the board is finished. Harder than foam, but lots more character and individuality.

Some Alaias just finished

Posted in: Alaia, Blog & News, Workshops by Richard Harvey on April 23, 2012 | No Comments

Because I have been able to get a regular supply of quality 25mm thick Australian grown Paulownia the Alaia Shapers Workshops are now back on. Check the Workshops section for more info. Here are some of the latest results.

 

 

 

Results of the latest workshops

Posted in: Blog & News by Richard Harvey on April 1, 2012 | No Comments

Both foam surfboards and timber Alaias have been shaped in the latest workshops. Here are some pics of the progress and results.

My shaping tools

Posted in: Blog & News by Richard Harvey on January 27, 2012 | No Comments

Here is a pic of the main tools I use for shaping.

Alaia project

Posted in: Blog & News, Workshops by Richard Harvey on January 19, 2012 | No Comments

It didn’t take long for one keen surfer to take advantage of the new Australian first grade paulownia Alaia blanks.

Working with me one on one this board took around 5 hours to complete, logo burned in and sealed.

 

 

Alaia Blanks now available

Posted in: Blog & News by Richard Harvey on January 11, 2012 | No Comments

Just collected a stack of clean Australian grown paulownia for Alaia blanks. Thicker than the Chinese timber that is readily available and has heavier sap lines which cause splitting. The Aussie paulownia is 1″ x 19″ x 7′ and can be glued together with cedar stringers if requested. Blanks available on order only as they have to be glued together.

Fabric Inserts

Posted in: Blog & News by Richard Harvey on January 2, 2012 | No Comments


A great way to recycle an old favorite shirt as part of a new handshaped first board.